For over a decade, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been heavily involved in trying to bring Captain Marvel/Shazam nemesis Black Adam to the big screen. Eventually, we got the 2019 Shazam! movie starring Zachary Levi, and a Black Adam movie was green lit. Currently, it has a release date of December 22, 2021.
“The Snyder Cut” has been a hot topic among DC fans for the last few years. Joss Whedon took over directorial duties for 2017’s Justice League when Zack Snyder had to step away due to a family tragedy. The response to the finished product was...not kind. Some found that the film felt inconsistent and could have been much better. In fact, it sparked a fan campaign to have Zack Snyder finish his interpretation of the film as he had envisioned it.
After so many delays in production, it is understandable for DC fans to believe that The Flash movie would never happen, even with the general knowledge that it would incorporate elements of the Flashpoint storyline from the comics. However, recent news of Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton reprising their respective Batman/Bruce Wayne roles in this film breathed more enthusiasm into the fandom. On top of that, DC FanDome included a virtual panel dedicated to The Flash film. Though it was only ten minutes in length, it did enough to assure fans that the wheels are still in motion regarding the film.
DC FanDome had a panel about The Suicide Squad, which, according to writer/director James Gunn, is still on track to be released on August 6, 2021. The panel began with some questions for Gunn sent in by fans. This was then followed by a trivia game between two teams consisting of the film’s cast members. Afterward, the panel concluded with a behind-the-scenes video.
At the DC FanDome event, WB Games Montreal had a panel set to reveal a new game to the world. In the lead-up, there were hints here and there that it would be Batman-related. Now, with their release of a trailer and gameplay, we know this game to be Gotham Knights, and it is coming in 2021. While not a Batman game in the traditional sense, the story is definitely driven by the fate of Batman.
Batman being recast and reinterpreted onscreen has become as much of a regular thing as having different writers for the character in the comics. This is a point that The Batman Matt Reeves has delved into when discussing the upcoming film. At a virtual panel for DC FanDome, Reeves discussed The Batman, its influences, and the directions that it could take.
Saturday’s DC FanDome virtual convention opened with a bang. The first (pre-recorded) panel was focused on the next theatrical DC film, Wonder Woman 1984, sequel to the 2017 Wonder Woman film. Director Patty Jenkins and actors Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig (who plays Cheetah), and Pedro Pascal (who plays Maxwell Lord) were in attendance (remotely from their own individual locations, of course).
This past June, DC FanDome officially announced that the online event would include a panel for The Suicide Squad, which is helmed by Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn. Then, earlier this August, we got a tease from Gunn himself again that the fans are going to be seeing a glimpse from his highly-anticipated sequel to 2016's Suicide Squad. The previous film was helmed by David Ayer, whose screen credits include End of Watch, Bright, Fury, and, more recently, The Tax Collector starring Shia LaBeouf, which is still playing at drive-in theaters and on video on demand. While the first film did not get the best reception, this next one is expected to breathe new life into the IP as far as the big screen is concerned. The official logo for The Suicide Squad was also showcased in multiple languages.
As fast as he is, The Flash has yet to receive his own theatrical film. It has been delayed time and time again over the years, but it is currently set to be released in June 2022. With all of the delays (even before delays were more commonplace thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic), it is understandable that moviegoers may have lost enthusiasm over the project, especially if they were not fans of the Ezra Miller portrayal of Barry Allen in 2017’s Justice League film. However, some news about the film may be enough to sway their curiosity.